Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photographs of Elderly Jotham Lincoln Sprague & wife, Dennysville Maine

Photographs of elderly Jotham Lincoln Sprague and wife of Charlotte, Maine, and Dennysville, Maine. 

The handwriting on the reverse reads" Mrs. J. L. Sprague, Dennysville, Maine", which was probably written by the photographer, along with instructions on how the photograph should be made.

From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions requested]

Jotham Lincoln Sprague was born September 13, 1818 at Plantation 3, Charlotte, Maine, the son of John and Sarah (Lincoln) Sprague, who were born at Abington, Massachusetts, and Perry, Maine, respectively.

Jotham appears to have married three times:
  1. Julia Ann James, whom he married about 1846. They had three daughters, before Julia died in 1852. I'd like to know the names of Julia's parents. 
  2. Elizabeth Dinsmore or Densmore, whom he married about 1853. They had four children, at least two of whom died young, before Elizabeth died October 16, 1865. Elizabeth was born in Ireland, to, I believe, Samuel Hugh Dinsmore and Margaret Jane (Caffren or Coffren) Dinsmore, 
  3. Priscilla Smith, whom he married about 1868. They had at least one child. Priscilla was born May 26, 1830, daughter of William H. Smith and Deborah (Carter) Smith. Priscilla died October 2, 1896. 
It's Priscilla, presumably, who appears in the companion photograph.

Handwriting of the same person appears on the back of Mrs. Sprague's photograph, with instructions just a tad different.

Jotham Lincoln Sprague died March 31, 1897 at Charlotte, Maine.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Friday, July 30, 2010

1940 High School Graduation Mementos, Calais Academy in Calais, Maine; owned by Erma O. Ayer

Souvenir booklet of the Class of 1940 of Calais Academy in Calais, Maine, with handwritten activities and names, plus a program for Class Day, 1940, held at the Gymnasium, Tuesday, June 11.  

This souvenir booklet belonged to graduate Erma O. Ayer.

See another post that features the commencement program for the Class of 1940.

The cover of the souvenir booklet is shown above.  It was printed by the Thomas D. Murphy Company of Red Oak, Iowa, with spaces for graduates to write in activities and classmates' names.    Below, inside front cover and tissue covering the title page:

Title page, below, showing Erma's name, the Class Officers, Class Flower, Colors, Song, Yell and Motto.  The Class Officers were 
  • Richard Frost, President
  • Lois Phelan, Vice President
  • Joice Lyons, Secretary
  • Francis O'Hara, Treasurer

The next two pages are blank but show remnants of glue that held programs for Commencement and Class Day.  The Class Day Program, which contains many names, is still inside, though unglued. It appears at the end of this post.

The next two pages, below, are entitled Festivities and Activities.  The Festivities page apparently had something glued to it at one time, but it's missing.  The Activities page has some handwritten entries pertaining to Erma O. Ayer's school career, including membership in the National Honor Society.

The next 4 pages, in two images, show 4 pages of classmates' names, all appearing to be in Erma's handwriting.  

The next two pages, below, are entitled, at left, Teachers, and at right,  Reminiscences.

  • Mr. Fred A. Tarbox
  • Mr. Harland L. Keay
  • Miss Mary E. Bates
  • Miss Elspeth N. Larner
  • Miss Mary H. Fleming (Best of All)
  • Mrs. Laura P. Jackman
  • Miss Phyllis M. Dimitre
  • Mr. Merle C. Brown
  • Miss Eleanor Andrews
  • Miss Agnes C. Fleming
  • Marguerite Wilson
  • William O'Neill
  • Mr. Scovil
  • Miss McPherson
  • Mr. Hamilton
  • Miss Murchie
  • Miss Hanson
  • Mr. Hitchens
  • Miss Walker
  • Miss Cole

The next image, below, shows the last page, which carries a printed message from George B. Bates, The Diamond Store, Calais, Maine, and the tissue covering the blank inside back cover.

The next two images are of the Class Day Program, mentioned further above, too long for just one scan:

Names above, in order:
  • Richard Frost
  • Joyce Lyons
  • Henry Gillespie
  • Evie Bagley
  • Dexter Simpson
  • Mildred Fox
  • Lois Phelan
  • Charles Moffatt
  • James Marraty
  • Beryl Wheeler
  • Maxine Thomas
  • Erma Ayer
  • Dorothy Bartlett
  • Douglas Hitchings
  • Marion Matthews
  • Dorothy McMillan
  • Norma Moreside
  • Jacqueline Porter
  • John Ross
  • Robert Eaton
  • Miss Marguerite Wilson
  • Mr. Frank Lane
  • Kathleen Bridges, '42
  • Charlotte Saunders, '42
  • Madge Campbell, '41
  • Lois Cawley, '41
  • Phyllis Connell, '41
  • Christine Fitzsimmon, '41
  • Eleanor Gordon, '41
  • Doris Noble, '41
  • Faye Smith, '41
  • Hazel Sprague, '41

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Legate Family of Charlemont, Massachusetts, Photos of Ida Brackett Legate & her sons Philip & Harry

Carte de Visite, above, of Ida Luana (Brackett) Legate, born 11 September 1867, in Hawley, Massachusetts.
Above, reverse of CDV of Ida Luana (Brackett) Legate.  Scroll down for photos of her sons Philip and Harry.

Gathered from online research, hopefully correct: Ida Luana Brackett was the daughter of William Henry and Malinda (Larkins) Brackett of Massachusetts.  She married Fred D. Legate, who was born in Colrain, Massachuestts, in December of 1869, the son of Benjamin Franklin Legate and his wife Jane McClellan (Stetson) Legate.

Ida and Fred were the parents of, from what I've been able to determine so far, two sons and a daughter, Harry, Philip and Bessie.  Below, a photo of their son Philip as a tot:

Below, reverse of photograph of Philip Legate:

Below, a wonderful photograph of Harry Legate and two other boys, Charles Bowker and Frank Wells.  I'm wondering if the mat once held a little calendar below the photograph - there was something pasted there in the past, now gone, but the ring for handing is still there, as you can see.  

Below, reverse of photograph of Harry Legate, Charles Bowker and Frank Wells.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1890s Toy Shape Book, Last of the Mohicans, McLoughlin Brothers, Beautiful Chromolithographs

I have no idea who owned this wondrous children's toy shape book, but it's in excellent condition.  Perhaps Mama put it away safely.  Or perhaps it was collected by an older child who treated it as the treasure it is.  The illustrations are marvelous, especially the chromolithographs featuring children, bear, horses, buffalo and tepees.  I can imagine young eyes looking through this book in wonder and awe.

It's a softcover, but the covers are thick stock, with 5 interior sheets of relatively thick stock.  

It was produced in New York by the McLoughlin Brothers, but I don't see a publication date.  Similar pieces (and there were only a very pricey few) at an online book resource had publication dates of the 1890s.  I don't know if those books had dates printed in them or if the sellers knew the history of the McLoughlin Brothers and were able to pinpoint the publication date.  

This center spread will take your breath away!

This book might share a name with the James Fenimore Cooper novel, but all similarity ends there.  

My own favorite child's book was in the same vein - a Golden Book, "Indian Indian" by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated beautifully by Leonard Weisgard.  I still have it all these years later, though the covers are missing.  

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Monday, July 26, 2010

CDV of Frederic Augustus Morse-Boycott, Gentleman Commoner, Hertford College, Oxford

Carte de Visite  of F. A. Morse-Boycott, Gentleman Commoner, late Magdalen Hall, Hertford College, Oxford, England.

Note as of December 2019: The comments section contains more information on Frederic Augustus Morse-Boycott.

It seems likely that the man in the Carte de Visite is Frederic Augustus Morse-Boycott, born 30 December 1849 in Palgrave, Suffolk, England, the son of John Hall Morse-Boycott and his wife Matilda.  On 19 February 1879, he married Octavia Mary Anketell, who was born in 1853 in Ireland, the daughter of Matthew John and Francis Anketell.  

Apparently Frederic Augustus Morse-Boycott received his education at Hertford College, Oxford.  I found some references to him as a landowner in Kessingland, Suffolk, but his address was given as London.

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1893 Floral Autograph Album, owned by Nellie M. Lamb, Carthage, Maine

1893 autograph album inscribed "From Herman to Nellie".  Nellie is Nellie M. Lamb, Carthage, Maine.  The autograph album consists of only two interior sheets, and only the page with Nellie's name has writing.

Back cover:

From what I have been able to find online, Nellie Lamb was born in July 1880, the daughter of Clinton Cleates Lamb and his wife Reina Tamar (Daggett) Lamb.  In August 1900 Nellie married Leroy F. Wilbur, the son of Edward and Elsie Wilbur of East Livermore; they were both living in Carthage, Maine at that time, according to the Maine Marriages online database.  It appears that this marriage ended, either by divorce or Leroy's death.

I can't find a reference in the Maine Marriages online database, but it appears that Nellie later married George S. Nute; I haven't been able to find any information on him, other than that he is listed on the 1920 and 1930 Censuses living with Nellie and children, some of them I believe from her first marriage.  In the 1930 Census, George, Nellie and children are living in Roxbury, Maine, with Nellie's widowed mother Tamar.   I found an online reference that Nellie died in Portland in 1936.

Incidentally, Nellie had an older brother Herman, who may be the Herman who gave her the autograph book in 1893.

If you have any information on the Lamb, Daggett, Wilbur or Nute families, I would love to hear from you.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

1886 Death Notices of Paul Martens of Amsterdam, a cotton buyer, died of intussusception at Savannah, Georgia

Notices in a Savannah newspaper or newspapers concerning the death of Paul Martens, a 26 year old cotton buyer from Amsterdam, Holland, who was stricken at Savannah, Georgia in June of 1886.

MARTENS - The friends and acquaintances of Mr. PAUL MARTENS are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from St. John's Church, at 3:30 o'clock THIS AFTERNOON.

Death of Mr. Paul Martens.
The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. Paul Martens were pained to learn of his death, which occurred about half-past one o'clock yesterday morning, after a short illness, at the residence of Dr. Brandt on President street, of intussusception of the bowels.  An operation had been performed by Doctors Duncan, Martin and Brandt, but it was found that it was too late.  The trouble had gone too far.  He was perfectly conscious up to the moment of his death.  Mr. Martens was a native of Amsterdam and was about thirty years of age.  He had resided in this city for the past two winters, and was engaged in buying cotton, representing the house of Carl Koen & Zoon of Amsterdam.  During his residence here he made many friends through his gentlemanly bearing and qualities.  His funeral will take place this afternoon.  The following gentlemen will act as pallbearers: Messrs. George W. Owens, Jr., Abram Minis Jr., A. Martin, A. E. Mills, Wallace Cumming, W. R. Leaken, J. W. Schley, and Theodore Gordon.

In Memoriam.
MARTENS. - Died at Savannah, on the 23d inst., PAUL MARTENS, of Amsterdam, Holland, aged 26 years.
And so has passed away from earth in the morning of his days, one who seemed possessed of every qualification for a long life of usefulness and happiness.  But yesterday a stranger in our community, his kindly nature and courteous demeanor, as well as his sterling qualities of heart and mind, had won for him the love of a large circle of friends, who mourn his loss today with a sorrow as tender and true as though he had been bound to them by the ties of blood and kinship.  His illness, short and painful, was borne with sweet patience and manly fortitude.  When told that the end was near, he calmly arranged his affairs and then, resting like a child in the promises of God, looking to the Cross of Christ, he finished his course.

Loving hands laid him in his grave beneath the oaks of Bonaventure, loving hearts ached with sympathy for the stricken family across the broad Atlantic.  For them, as with all who mourn, this night of affliction is dark indeed, but "the morning" is near when "the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing on His wings", when there shall be no more parting, no more sorrow, and "God shall wipe away all tears."

Paul Martens.
The relatives of Mr. PAUL MARTENS in Amsterdam beg to express their deep-felt thanks to all who, by their love and friendship, brightened his path in a strange land and lessened the bitter pang of death.  They recommend his memory to their fond remembrance, and sincerely hope that if any of them should ever change his home for a foreign country it may be his lot to meet with such true and loving friends as their poor boy found in Savannah.
AMSTERDAM, July, 1886

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Article about the Death of Judge Jeremiah S. Black of Pennsylvania

Tribute written in a newspaper upon the death in 1883 of Jeremiah Sullivan Black of Pennsylvania, lawyer, judge, Attorney General and Secretary of State under President James Buchanan and almost a member of the US Supreme Court, missing by just one vote.

 Born in January 1810, he was the son of US Representative Henry Black and his wife Mary (Sullivan) Black.  He married Mary Forward in 1836.  Their son Chauncey Forward Black, born in 1839, had a distinguished career himself, as a writer and as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.


An Estimate of Judge Black.

The Philadelphia Times, edited by Alexander McClure, gives this estimate of the intellectual powers of  Judge Black in a gracefully written tribute to his memory:

The death of Jeremiah S. Black will be more widely and profoundly lamented in Pennsylvania than would that of any of her many other noted citizens.  Of all our distinguished men, whether Pennsylvanians by birth or adoption, Judge Black was the greatest in intellectual power of either the present or any past generation.  Of his contemporaries, only two approached him in the grandeur of either legal or political disputation, and they will be readily recalled while the names of Thaddeus Stevens and William M. Meredith are green in the memory and pride of Pennsylvania.  As a jurist he was the superior of both Stevens and Meredith; as a disputant he was unrivaled by either; as a statesman he lacked the skill and attributes of leadership possessed by Stevens and the profound discretion of Meredith; but, taken all in all, he was the greatest, grandest and noblest of Pennsylvania's sons.  Others have achieved more of which the world takes note, but none have been greater in all the great attributes of public and private character.

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1880 Article about Death of Will B. Kirkpatrick, or William B. Kirkpatrick, Nashville, Tennessee

Short article about the death of Will B. Kirkpatrick or William B. Kirkpatrick of Nashville, Tennessee, son of Robert T. and Eliza Kirkpatrick.  Will was born about 1859 and died in August of 1880 of typhoid fever.   His father Robert T. Kirkpatrick was born about 1826 in Tennessee and died in October 1871 in Nashville.  Will's mother Eliza was born about 1834 in Tennessee, and she outlived her husband, but I haven't been able to find out anything about her parents.  I'm hoping a reader can fill in the blanks.


Death of an Estimable Young Man.

The entire community will be pained to hear of the death of Will B. Kirkpatrick, book-keeper in the house of O'Bryan Brothers, and one of the best known and most popular young men in the city.  He died at the residence of his mother, in South Nashville, this morning, of typhoid fever.  He had been in bad health for several months and made a flying visit to Bon Aqua some weeks ago with the hope of improving his condition, but upon his return had to give up business, and was confined to his room until prostrated with a violent attack, which his skillful physicians could not arrest.  Mr. Kirkpatrick was one of the first members of the Porter Rifles, but left that company recently and attached himself to the Rock City Guards, and was elected third Sergeant.  The company will hold a meeting to-night to take action on his death.  The deceased was a son of the late R. T. Kirkpatrick, a well-known dry goods merchant, and has a large family connection.  His early death will be greatly regretted by his host of friends, who had marked for him a bright career and a useful life in the future.

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Tribute to Lucy Melvill Clark Nourse on occasion of her death; aunt of Herman Melville

1877 clipping pasted into a scrapbook of Bath, Maine, and Bangor, Maine clippings and ephemera, likely made by the Frank A. Owen or a member of his family.  Frank A. Owen was for many years manager of the Opera House in Bangor.

Lucy Melvill Nourse (1795-1877) was the daughter of Major Thomas Melvill and sister of Alan Melvill, who was the father of author Herman Melville.    She was born in 1795 in Massachusetts and was married to Justin Wright Clark in 1828; he died in 1833.  Lucy later married Amos Nourse, a medical doctor, customs collector and briefly a US Senator upon the resignation of Hannibal Hamlin, later the first Vice President under Abraham Lincoln.   Nourse had previously been married to Clarissa Augusta Chandler, the mother of his children, but she died in 1834 when they were young.


By the death of Mrs. Lucy M. Nourse the Bath community has lost one of its worthiest members.  She was one of those whose lives of disinterested virtue make good their verbal profession of christianity and show the reality of a christian character.  It was a quiet life without any parade of excellence; yet even passing strangers felt that her simple presence was a rebuke to everything low in speech or action, while those who knew her intimately - like the present writer who was once her pastor and always her friend - found that increased knowledge only brought new reasons for loving and honoring her.  Wise in counsel, helpful to the poor, sympathizing to the sorrowing, kind to all, and stern to those alone who persisted in wrong doing, she made for herself, in her years of active service, a place in the hearts of the community which she did not lose through long years of feebleness and sickness.  She has left us the memory of a true christian woman, and for that we would pay this tribute to her worth.
R. M.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

1898 Wedding Announcement of Seth Leon Rowe and Ethel Augusta Ward, Bangor, Maine

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus H. Ward announce the marriage of their daughter Ethel Augusta to Mr. Seth Leon Rowe, Wednesday, October the twenty-sixth, Eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, Bangor, Maine.  At Home, after November the twenty-fifth, 74 Jefferson Street.

From what I have been able to determine online, Seth Leon Rowe was born in September 1872 in Maine, the son of James Wilton Rowe and his wife Abbie Melissa (Howe) Rowe of Eddington, Maine.  

Edith Augusta Ward was born in March 1873 in Maine, (the 1900 the Census states New Brunswick), the daughter of Sylvanus H. and Celia A. Ward of Enfield, Maine, and later the Bangor, Maine area.  

By 1910, Edith was living with her parents in Hampden, Maine and was listed as divorced.  In 1912, she married James H. Haynes, Jr., and they were still married in the 1930 Census, my last contact with them.  Edith's 80 year old mother Celia was living with them; presumably Celia's husband Sylvanus had died by then.

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1891 Wedding Announcement of Charles Dunn Whittier and Marcia Hubbard Hathaway, Passadumkeag, Maine

Wedding Announcement for Mr. Charles Dunn Whittier and Miss Marcia Hubbard Hathaway, married Thursday, November 26, 1891, Passadumkeag, Maine.

Charles Dunn Whittier was born in May 1869 in Enfield, Maine, the son of John Boland Whittier and his wife Margaret A. (Bailey) Whittier.  Marcia Hubbard Hathaway was born in December 1871 in Burlington, Maine, the daughter of Charles and Harriet E. (Warren) Hathaway.  Charles and Marcia were the parents of five children, but one and possibly two did not survive until adulthood.

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1890 homemade autograph book of Johanna Welink of Fremont, Michigan

Note: be sure to scroll down to the comments section for a reader's mention of a town in Germany, Emlichheim, where there are Welink family members, related to the Schoemaker family.

Wonderful little homemade autograph book prepared in 1890 by or for Hanna Welink, or Johanna Welink as she was more formally known, of Newaygo County, Michigan.    Notice the stitching along the spine.  The covers were made from a card advertising Candee Rubbers; the front features the embossed head of a girl in sunhat.  The local retailer for Candee Rubbers in Fremont, Michigan was C. C. Mericle.

The interior pages are made from lined paper cut to size.  The first autographed page was made by Hanna's sister Grace Welink, who later married John Myron Beem, Judge of Probate of Newaygo County as of 1921.  Beem's first wife died in the winter of 1918, one wonders of the Spanish flu; he married Grace in 1922.  Grace signed the page "Gracie Welink" and dated it March 19, 1890.

The next two pages are signed by Hanna's sister Jennie Welink and brother Henry Welink.  Henry signed a later page as well, in which he called himself Henry John Welink.  They both dated their pages as March 19, 1890.  Jennie Welink was born in Michigan in December of 1886; I don't know if she married or not.  The last Census I find for her name as Jennie Welink is 1910, but I need to search variant spellings.  Interestingly, I found a reference online to Jennie's remembrance book given to her by her mother in 1896.  

Henry John Welink was born in Germany in 1882; I don't know if he married and had children or not, but he was living with his father in the 1920 and 1930 Censuses.

The next two pages are signed by Hanna's friends Janna Schoemaker and Lena Wittevain.  Lena dated hers March 19, 1890.  I couldn't find any references for either of these names.  It's possible that "Janna" is incorrect.  Also, it's possible that the Wittevain name is a variant spelling of Wittevein or Witteveen.  If you have any information on the identity of either of these two friends of Hanna, I would love to hear from you.

The next two pages are signed by Nettie Wittevain and Hanna's brother Henry John Welink.  Again, I couldn't find any information on the Wittevain name.  The page signed by Henry John Welink is the one I referenced above.

The next two pages are signed by Julia Bennett and Henrietta, whose last name I can't quite decipher, though she identified herself as a schoolmate of Hanna; it's possible Wynegarden.  Julia may be the daughter of John and Mary Bennett, who was born in October of 1881 in Michigan.

The last inside page was signed by Emily E. Miller and dated Wednesday, May 23, 1890, Fremont, Michigan.   I found an Emily Miller, born in 1881, the daughter of Adam and Barbara, but they were living in Superior, Michigan.  Whether this is the same Emily who signed her residence as Fremont, Michigan, in 1890, I don't know.  Perhaps a reader can shed some light. 

The back cover:

Johanna or Hanna Welink was born in 1884 in Michigan, the daughter of Garret J. Welink and his wife Catharine (Huffenruiter) Welink.  According to the 1900 Census, Garret J. Welink was born about 1852 in Germany, and Catherine was born about 1846 in Holland.  They came to the United States in 1883, with Grace and Henry John, who were born in Germany.

Johanna married Edwin Bierce, the son of Alonzo and Salome Bierce of Michigan.  I couldn't find a record of any children from the marriage.

Hopefully you have found this heirloom meaningful.  If you have any information on the Welink family, I would love to hear from you.

Newaygo County, Michigan:

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Emlichheim, Germany, in case Johanna Welink's family originated from this area:

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1867 note from Nelson Dingley Jr., Editor of Lewiston Journal, Lewiston, Maine; later Maine Governor & US Rep

January 25, 1867 note on letterhead of the Lewiston Journal, Lewiston, Maine, signed by N. Dingley Jr., who was Edward Nelson Dingley, Jr., later to become Governor of the State of Maine and Representative to the US Congress.


Dear Sir:
On discontinuing the Daily Journal to your address there remained our due the sum of $12.25.  You will do us a favor by remitting the amount at once, as we are in need of all that is due us.
N. Dingley Jr. [followed by a character or characters that might signify Editor or perhaps that a secretary wrote the note for him]

Edward Nelson Dingley, Jr., better known as Nelson Dingley, Jr., was born in Durham, Maine, in 1832 and died in 1899 in Washington, D. C. while serving in the US Congress.  He was the son of Nelson and Jane S. (Lambert) Dingley.   The senior Nelson Dingley was the son of Jeremiah and Lucy (Garcelon) Dingley.  Jane S. Lambert was the daughter of Isaac and Mary (Strout) Lambert.

In 1857, shortly after graduating from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and receiving his law degree at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Nelson Dingley, Jr., married Salome Parker McKenney, the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Parker) McKenney.  They had eight children, but at least one did not survive to adulthood.

Rather than practice law after graduating from Bates College, Nelson Dingley, Jr. assumed the editorship of the Lewiston Journal and held that post for the next twenty years or so.  He was known for his skills in finance and his rather humorless demeanor, as the note above perhaps demonstrates.  From the early 1860s to the end of his life, he was involved in public service as a state representative, Governor and US representative.  He was a Republican and was twice a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Hopefully you will find this memento meaningful.  As a side note, I worked for the Lewiston Journal 120 years or so after this note was written.

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